Why are so many kids obese? The YMCA has published a Health Snapshot survey that is supposed to answer this question.
As is often the case with these types of studies, absolutely no mention is made of the built environment. The view of the YMCA is simply that kids aren’t getting to the gym enough. Nowhere in the 29-page questionnaire does it ask parents “Do your kids walk/bike to school?” Or “how many hours per day do you spend chauffeuring?”
The good news is that for Healthy Kids Day YMCA recommends bike riding as a fun family activity — in a park (with helmet).
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